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« Reply #20 on: October 26, 2006 09:31:11 AM »

This is just what I have been looking for only didn't know it! I am always sticking my needles in the couch, chair, my clothes....etc and leaving little piles of embroidery floss every where!

Oh ya, I see one of these in my future! What a great idea.
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« Reply #21 on: October 26, 2006 09:34:49 AM »

The idea of a scissors magnet is BRILLIANT. I need to do this, whether with a thread catcher or  just on its own. This past weekend I was sewing up a storm for the DIY kit swap and I kept losing my scissors... at one point I was ranting to a friend that I was sure the cat had eaten them, as he was giving me one of those smug looks.
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« Reply #22 on: October 26, 2006 08:23:41 PM »

Basically the pincushion is two squares sewed cushion style then stiffed, with a weight base (tile).  The bag is just a bag with a channel for a stiff bit of plastic coated wire or similar.  make a band to attach the two,  The bag willl hang open nicely and the weight stops it falling off.
When I make these I thread aquarium tubing into the channel to hold the bag open and join the ends together with a 1 inch piece of 1/4" dowel rod.   Poke the dowel in one end of the tube and then the poke the other half into the other end of the tubing.

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« Reply #23 on: October 26, 2006 08:42:12 PM »

The aquarium tubing is a brilliant idea - I was musing and lamenting over the wire coat hanger idea, because I just can't get a smooth circle. The fact that the tubing is somewhat flexible is great.

Where would be a good idea to mount a scissor magnet on this? And what kind of magnet would you suggest?? That's a great idea, too. I wonder if you could mount it right in the top of the cushion part, so you can stick needles in the side, and put your embroidery scissors on top. They must sell those round really strong magnets somewhere....??

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« Reply #24 on: October 26, 2006 08:58:05 PM »

Lee Valley Tools has great magnets for cheap. I bought some as a birthday present for my geeky techie boyfriend once. Google the site.
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« Reply #25 on: October 27, 2006 05:54:08 AM »

The aquarium tubing is a brilliant idea - I was musing and lamenting over the wire coat hanger idea, because I just can't get a smooth circle. The fact that the tubing is somewhat flexible is great.

Where would be a good idea to mount a scissor magnet on this? And what kind of magnet would you suggest?? That's a great idea, too. I wonder if you could mount it right in the top of the cushion part, so you can stick needles in the side, and put your embroidery scissors on top. They must sell those round really strong magnets somewhere....??
The way I make the platform is a bit different in that I make a separte little pincushion pillow that's glued down and then put a magnet strip on the other end for quick-parking threaded needles.  For a scissor park, you could probably hide a few neodymium (rare earth) magnets between the pillow pincushion and the magnet strip.  Hope this is a good enough description for visualization, if not, I can get pictures this evening.
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« Reply #26 on: October 29, 2006 04:34:24 PM »

Here's the platform of the thread catcher I use the most:


A scissor magnet could easily fit between the pincushion and the magnet strip.
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